Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driving

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Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driving

Postby AndyPoms » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:41 am

LA Times wrote:The 5th District Court of Appeal sided with a Fresno man who received a $165 ticket when he consulted a map application on his phone, looking for an alternate route around a traffic jam. Steven Spriggs had unsuccessfully fought the ticket in traffic court and later in Superior Court, arguing that the law only prohibited talking on the phone, not looking at a map.
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby irowiki » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:20 pm

I think the cops were fishing a bit too much in that case!
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby Tac0s » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:51 am

i hope this applies to all states, never heard of a accident from wazeing so it shouldnt be illegal
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby sacrecoza » Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:49 am

I'm in South Africa, and here too people are so indoctrinated with the paranoia of using a phone while driving. NO TALK, NO TEXT, NO TOUCH. while I often consult live maps for traffic conditions and alternative routes. My passengers think I chat and play games while driving, in the stead thereof I am trying to optimize travel. I must say, Waze is doing a pretty good job for me thus far :-) I'm starting to trust it more, bit by bit

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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby nzahn1 » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:07 pm

Maryland has an exception for the use of GPS:
Md. TRANSPORTATION Code Ann. § 21-1124.1 wrote:Exceptions. -- This section does not apply to the use of:
(1) A global positioning system;
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby JohnTChance » Thu May 15, 2014 7:01 pm

Tac0s wrote:i hope this applies to all states, never heard of a accident from wazeing so it shouldnt be illegal


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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby irowiki » Thu May 15, 2014 7:23 pm

Not always. There have been times when the Federal government forced a traffic law on all the states (55 MPH limit)
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby JohnTChance » Thu May 15, 2014 9:57 pm

http://www.motorists.org/press/10th-ann ... 5-mph-nmsl

That is true, but it was repealed in 1995. The only place I have seen a federal officer cite for speed is in a federal park (Ranger) and on a military base (MP). I labored to find a federal statute for speeding with no luck outside of specific locations such as individual parks. Makes me think that the cites the MPs write go through local courts especially if they cite a civi on base. Military folks chime in on that.

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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby CBenson » Fri May 16, 2014 1:17 pm

JohnTChance wrote:The only place I have seen a federal officer cite for speed is in a federal park (Ranger).

That is fairly significant when several of your major commuting arteries are parkways.
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Re: Court says it's legal to look at map on phone while driv

Postby Fredo-p » Fri May 23, 2014 5:11 pm

Here in Arizona only a school bus driver is restricted from cellphone use. Nothing else.

But if you need a quick rundown, check this site to see all the states:

Governors Highway Safety Association- Distracted Driving Laws
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